BloodSix years ago our vision for IVFAF was to bring together vampire creatives from the genres of film, literature, academia and performing arts. We felt that by hosting a fusion of these art forms in the magnificent setting of Sighisoara's medieval citadel, in the heart of Transylvania, something very exciting would happen - and it did! We are aware of a number of creative collaborations that had their genesis within those ancient walls and for the last four years we have been honoured by FilmFreeway listing us in their top 100 festivals in the World. 

VampfestIn 2022 we are packing our coffins and travelling to the Welsh city of Cardiff, where our key location will be the spectacular Gothic mansion, Insole Court

Confirmed guests already include:
Juliet Landau
Deverill Weekes
Kim Newman
Mike Muncer
Dr Stacey Abbott (presenting the keynote talk at the Vampire Academic Conference).

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes and the festival organisers, Juliet and Dev are no longer able to attend the festival in person. Instead, they will be joining us online to present the UK Premiere of A Place Among the Dead on Wednesday and at the Golden Stakes Awards on Friday.


Feedback from Delegates over the years has told us that running a programme for professionals from the sectors of Film, TV, Literature and Performing Arts alongside our Academic Conference creates a unique creative alchemy. Our 2022 Industry and Academic Conference is being held in the gothic splendour of Cardiff’s Insole Court, a key filming location for Deborah Harkness’ ‘Discovery of Witches.’

IVFAF films will be screened at nearby Chapter Arts.

For further information about Delegate tickets CLICK HERE.

Vampfest Vampfest is the public facing part of IVFAF

Classic vampire cinema, live theatrical productions, fan conventions, cabaret, family story-telling and more...

From the 1922 classic Nosferatu to Christopher Lee's Hammer creation and into the Twilight collection, vampires have been the enduring genre in cinema with 170 versions of Dracula alone. Television joined the party later on but the ratings of Buffy, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, The Strain, The Passage and a Discovery of Witches, along with internet based series such as Carmilla, proves that we all love being scared by, or attracted to vampires.‚Äč

Each year IVFAF invites short and feature films to be submitted for screening. From the shortlist of nominated films, a Golden Stake Award is given to the Best Feature Film and Best Short Film with Silver Stake Awards given as runner up prizes in each category.

Submissions are currently open via FilmFreeway and close on 30 April 2022

From early 18th century poetry, through the classic Victorian gothic phase and continuing to the modern day, vampires continue to be arguably the most popular recurring theme in literature.

Each year IVFAF recognises new works of vampire literature and confers Golden Stake Awards to the best novel and short story.

New works, published traditionally or on-line since October 2021, can be submitted for consideration until 30 April 2022.

Each year a leading university specialising in gothic and vampire studies curates the Academic Conference. Previous curating universities were the University of South Wales, Seton Hill, Kutztown, Edinburgh Napier and the State College of Florida

We are looking for new or emerging, unpublished short story writers. Tell us your vampiric short story in less than 666 Words

There are two categories; Under and Over 16 years old. The Winners will have their stories narrated by a professional actor as published as an audio file on the IVFAF website. You will also be invited to the 2022 Golden Stake Awards in Cardiff.

Please submit your entry as an email, with an attached Word document using a standard 12 point font, to
Bleeding Pen

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